Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Muslim Education and Gender Equality on Reconstructing a Just Narrative

  • Nuraan Davids
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_535



While the contentious positioning of Muslim women is not necessarily new within Islamic paradigmatic discourses, the increasing debates surrounding their (expressed) identity has, by all accounts, placed Muslim women at a (in)hospitable intersection of belonging and assimilation. That traditional/normative Islam has historically recognized Muslim women by largely notrecognizing them in terms of their agency and autonomy has, in many instances, offered irrefutable sanctioning of the non-visibility and invisibility of Muslim women in most of the Muslim-majority countries. What is relatively new, however – if only, in its political institutionalization – are the parallel discourses emerging from Muslim-minority countries. In what appears to be a juxtaposed argument against the veiled invisibility of Muslim women comes the call for an...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa